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Ok so I bought my sweet z1k last month and the guy said he had the brakes checked and they would need replacement in a year or so, but I think its time to change them now, they are making noise when I apply them and they dont seem to be as good as they could be for a street bike thats so light.
So my question is or should I say are :)
Do I need to turn my rotors when I change that pads?
If I turn the rotors do I need to balance the wheels after the change?
What are some good pads that wont kill my wallet, I heard EBR or something like that.
And last, what kind of tool do I need to get them bolts of my caliper, they look like inverted star * socket of some sort
Thanks for helping me out and of course here are some pictures cause without them life would be just boring :killingme



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Congrats on your new Z and welcome to the forum.

You shouldn't need to do anything to your rotors unless they're warped. When I change pads I just give the rotors a light sanding, but I'm not sure that's the "by the book" way to do it. You do need to be careful with your braking at first while the new pads "bed-in" to the rotors.

You don't need to take the calipers all the way apart to change the pads, so no need to worry about the funky "star" bolts. After you've removed the caliper from the fork lower, just take out the allen-head pin bolt holding the pads and the pad spring and the pads will come out.

Like tires, you'll get several opinions on brake pads. I like EBC HH pads. Some people on this forum have complained about them making a lot of noise, but I haven't experienced that problem. You could also look into Galfer or Carbone-Lorraine (not sure that's spelled right). A search in the Z1000 area for "brake pads" should turn up several discussions on them. Good luck.
 

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You don't turn motorcycle rotors... minor scores are no big deal. You seem to have plenty of pad material left in most of those pics. Check your fluid level with the cap off to be sure the indicator is accurate. Get some stainless steel lines if you want more grab...
 

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Well that reason I think I need new pads is that when I cruise at a low speed I can hear my front wheel or rotor rub against the pad, like I can hear a slight rubbing noise every time the wheel turns after a ride, is this normal, judging from my car knowledge the rotors could be warped but what are the symptoms on a cycle of warped rotors, vibration of the front end? cause I dont get that with my bike it's just a slight noise.
Thanks for all your reply's, learned a few more things about bikes today :)
 
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